AmaWaterways Welcomes First Guests Aboard AmaMagna On The Danube
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
The AmaMagna exterior.
The Chef's Table restaurant.
Jimmy's Wine Bar & Restaurant
AmaWaterways has welcomed its first guests aboard AmaMagna, for an inaugural voyage from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. The ship, which is nearly twice as wide as other European river vessels, is being seen as revolutionary for the river cruise industry.
The ship is the brain child of AmaWaterways’ president and co-founder Rudi Schreiner.
“Dreams are fueled by an individual’s passion but usually accomplished through the creativity and hard work of many,” said Schreiner. “This ship represents a labor of love for so many people who contributed ground-breaking ideas, as well as a lot of hard work that was done by the team to bring my dream project to reality.”
At a welcome event in Vilshofen, Captain Jan de Bruijn, Cruise Manager Dragan and Hotel Services Manager Guido greeted AmaMagna’s first guests, many of whom were loyal AmaWaterways cruisers anxious to be among the first to experience the newest member of the family.
“The delighted reactions of our guests and travel partners when they embarked on this cruise is genuinely rewarding,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and AmaWaterways co-founder.
“With the choice of four distinct dining venues, five bars, elegant lounges and exceptional accommodations, AmaMagna has been designed for those seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on river cruising. This beautiful ship has a direct appeal to ocean cruisers, who are accustomed to the luxury of expansive personal space and a wide variety of leisure activities during their vacation.”
Despite its double-wide footprint, AmaMagna will carry only 20% more guests, allowing generous personal space -- with more than half of the 98 staterooms designated as suites measuring between 355 and 710 sq. ft.
The suites feature full outside balconies, open seating areas and luxurious bathrooms, complete with double sinks and walk-in showers. Six Grand Suites (474 sq. ft.) and an Owner’s Suite (710 sq. ft.) provide even more amenities with separate seating areas and sizable bathrooms complete with spa-like bathtubs.
The ship also provides enhanced entertainment offerings with an onboard cinema and amenities, including a large boutique; an expansive Zen Wellness Studio, complete with a large exercise area, a juice bar and two massage rooms, along with manicure, pedicure and hair services; and a sun deck with a large heated pool, whirlpool and sky bar. All sun deck facilities are easily accessible via a pop-up elevator serving all four decks.
AmaMagna’s itineraries include Romantic Danube, Melodies of the Danube and Christmas Markets on the Danube.
The ship will be officially christened by her godmother, travel expert and Emmy Award-winning television host, Samantha Brown, during a 11JUL christening ceremony in Grein, Austria.
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